"religion: For, I guess, but it’s not for me."

This statement is an all-encompassing characteristic of our/the next generation. I took it from a friend’s myspace… a survey. Are you for or against religion? “For, I guess, but it’s not for me.” I heard a great speaker say that most Americans believe in Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. This means they believe that there is a god and that he created them, but then he stepped back and let them live out their lives without intervening— unless we need him to! This god only comes when we call on him. This god also wants us to be good– and we can find out how to be good in the bible, or the Koran, or the book of Mormon, or reader’s digest. This god lets everyone into heaven regardless of if they believe in him, or whatever. This god is THE god of benign whateverism.

Now… if that is your worldview… how do I share with you the truth? How do I introduce you to a God who is so much more, who desires to have all of us, and who can give us complete freedom by His grace? How do I introduce you to Jesus, who by the way will totally ruin your life? How can you see your Redeemer through this lens?



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3 responses to “"religion: For, I guess, but it’s not for me."

  1. TL

    check out Reaching Generation Next:Effective Evangelism in Today’s Culture by Lewis Drummond and Calvin Miller
    I believe you will find this book not only educational in understanding today’s culture but also very applicable. Drummond is a renowned evangelist who has written and rewritten the book on evangelism for many different cultures and generations.

  2. Jon Hohle

    isn’t “ruin your life” a little strong? wouldn’t “completely change your life with the potential of uncomfortable short term upheaval but definite long term gain” be more appropriate?

    The Bible never says anything about your life being ruined or your life being great. Paul says, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” If Christ is ruin, who would want to be a Christian?

    Had Job died at the height of his sorrow, would his life have been ruined? Would any of the Apostles or members of the early church said their lives were ruined (I would imagine they had it much harder then we ever will)?

    I’m not saying accepting Christ is easy, but most of the time, it is the easy things that actually do ruin lives.

  3. tiapugh

    i love the phrase “ruin” your life… because I think its true. I don’t mean ruin, like leave you with nothing, but totally turn your world upside down! Ruin… like tear down the old sinful you and in its place give you a new life with Him. Its painful to give up yourself… I think we want to cling on to our sinfulness. Its comfortable, its what many of us have always known. I think Jesus needs to come in a ruin that part of us… and give us something better.

    Romans 6:8
    Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him

    Colossians 3:3
    For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

    Ephesians 2:4-5
    But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

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